Style + Design
What, may you ask, stopped us in our tracks, derailed us from our afternoon lunch run and drew us into the Shotwell boutique downtown? These convertible silk wrap dresses by Please Dress Up!, the San Francisco label launched by indie designers Grant Doolittle and Judy Berbarian, who relocated to Paris in November. (Clearly our loss and Paris’ gain by the looks of their Spring/Summer ’09 Infinite Possibilities collection).
Just because you’re saying, “I do,” doesn’t mean you have to flounce down the aisle in tiers of tulle or waves of white satin (not that there’s anything wrong with that). That’s the idea behind this Thursday’s Operation Aisle Style, an invite-only alternative bridal fashion event taking place at the W Hotel (keep reading for your chance to score tickets).
Dressed in a body-con strapless black mini-dress, wide waist-cinching belt and plenty of chunky gold jewelry, Grammy-Award winning musician Estelle delivered a hot set on stage last night in front of a jam-packed crowd at San Francisco's Mezzanine. The Brit-born diva chopped it up with the crowd between numbers, dished about her ex boyfriend and danced hip-to-hip with fans she brought up to the stage for a high-energy performance that felt playful and personal.
We’re all for being fashionably late, but sometimes, it pays to be early. That’s a little piece of wisdom we’ve picked up recently from the bevy of San Francisco day spas and nail salons offering midweek and workday specials to those who can sneak in during off-peak hours.
A few of our favorite places to take attention-deprived cuticles and weary soles this month:
Fresh off the Oscars' red carpet, fashion expert, TV correspondent and InStyle magazine’s Style Spy blogger, Katrina Szish breezed through San Francisco for a recent society soiree at the downtown Martin + Osa store. We caught up with the bicoastal style maven over lunch and lattés to chat about her top trend picks for spring, the return of the shoulder pad, and advice on staying fashionably afloat in a tough economy.
What are your favorite Spring 09 trends?
Daylight savings, which goes into effect early Sunday morning, isn’t the only reason to spring forward this weekend. Here are three more:
Get a leg up on the season’s latest trends in footwear courtesy of Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys New York. The well-known arbiter of style touches down in San Francisco today especially for this afternoon’s event highlighting must-have shoes for spring 2009. Prepare to drool over showstoppers from such designers as Lanvin, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. To attend, RSVP to the number below.
Ladies in red were the star of the annual SF fashion parade, otherwise known as the “Paint the Town Red” gala hosted by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter on Feb. 28 at City Hall. Co-chaired by gadabouts Roberta Economidis and Kelly Bryson Murphy, the sophisticated soiree, which raised $300,000, featured a live auction, three-course sit-down dinner (courtesy of McCall Associates), dessert buffets and dancing. Among the 450 guests, local fashion designers Cari Borja, Stephanie Verrieres and Kimie Sako turned out to support the cause, donating gowns they designed for the pre-dinner silent auction.
Shopping strategies for the new (read: bad) economy abound. Some we can get behind. Others are just silly. Among the more ridiculous notions is the shop your closet trend. We’re willing to wager that, for any item of clothing stuck in the dark depths of a dresser drawer, there’s a reason we forgot the item in the first place. Nor can we quit shopping completely. The economy may have come to a veritable stand-still, but our lives are still moving on. No matter how cinched our budgets become, we still need new items of clothing from time to time.
Name: Rachel Rondell
Occupation: Fashion Design student at Academy of Art University, whose major is Womens’ Ready to Wear
Spotted: Outside of Etiquette Lounge, 11:53 p.m.
Wearing: 5th & Row jacket (her own design/label), dress from Thrift Town (“a closet staple,” she says), and Dolce Vita heels
How would you describe your style? “Dark with a little bit of sunshine.”